The South African government has recently approved the use of crops genetically modified to resist the chemical 2, 4-D, a key ingredient used in the making of Agent Orange. The seeds, produced by Dow AgroSciences, do not contain the pesticide themselves, but critics worry that their implementation in the country will lead to a more widespread use of the 2, 4-D pesticide. This could pose serious public health and environmental contamination issues. Several studies have linked 2, 4-D to a higher risk of blood cancer, although the Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data, an industry lobby group sponsored by Dow Chemicals and other pesticide manufacturers, disputes these claims.
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